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Asian Junior Athletics Championships back in Colombo

2012-05-23 14:54:00 Xinhuanet

COLOMBO, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Amid controversy, the Asian Athletics Association has decided that Sri Lanka will host the 15th Asian Junior Athletics Championships as planned next month, an official said here on Wednesday.

On Monday, the secretary of the association Maurice R. Nicholas announced that the event was cancelled indefinitely due to a petition alleging that the Sri Lanka Athletics Association (SLAA) elections were not held in a free and fair manner.

However, after discussions with Nicholas and Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the association has given the green light for Sri Lanka to host the championships, as previously planned.

"The minister also explained the measures taken to facilitate the championship and had forwarded a progress report in this regard," said Sports Ministry spokesman Harsha Abeykoon.

The SLAA insisted that the election was free and fair but the association said that an investigation will be conducted as initially planned despite the games being given the go ahead.

Nearly 900 sports personnel and officials from 43 countries are to participate in this event, which will be from 9- 12 June.

Organized by the Asian Athletics Association, the championships has so far been held in Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam.

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